Albania’s unemployment rate stays flat at 12.8% in Q2 2013.

By bne IntelliNews September 3, 2013

Albania’s unemployment rate stood at 12.8% in Q2 of 2013, unchanged from the previous three quarters, the statistics office informed. The number of unemployed Albanians declined by 0.9% y/y and 0.1 q/q to 141,850 in January to June 2013.

The country’s labour force increased by 1.2% y/y and by 0.1 q/q to 1.106mn in Q2. Private companies, operating in the non-agriculture sector, increased their staff by 0.4% q/q and 7.6% y/y. On the other hand, employment in the public sector declined by 0.5% y/y to 163,800 in Q2 2013.

The average monthly wage in the public sector rose 5.9% y/y nut remained unchanged on a quarterly basis at ALL 51,700 (EUR 369.6).

Labour force survey           
  Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2012 Q1 2013 Q2 2013
Labour Force  ('000) 1,093 1,107 1,108 1,106 1,106
Total employment   950 966 966 964 965
a) in public sector  165 164 164 164 164
b) in non-agricultural private sector  262 273 278 281 282
c) in agricultural private sector  524 529 524 519 519
Total unemployment ('000)  143 142 142 142 142
Unemployment rate %  13.1 12.8 12.8 12.8 12.8
Source: INSTAT            

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